The federal government grant will assist Essex Tech’s grownup training program

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DANVERS, MA – Essex Tech will use a $ 240,000 government grant as part of its training program for unemployed or underemployed members of the NightHawks Adult Education Program.

Superintendent Heidi Riccio said the school will use the Career Technical Institute’s scholarship to train 12 students in automotive services, HVAC, plumbing and construction.

Those who complete the training receive industry certificates and credentials as well as job placement assistance.

“At Essex Tech, our primary responsibility is to train our future employees,” said Riccio. “We carry out this mission during the day, but also in our evening programs through excellent technical programs. We want to do that.

“If a recession hits, some occupations may need adjustments and the results open up new opportunities. Essex Tech stands ready to help displaced, unemployed or underemployed workers and train them for high-paying careers on the North Shore.”

The scholarships are designed to transform vocational high schools into technical career institutes that will stay open until the evening to increase the number of students and staff.

“The governor has pledged to keep vocational schools open for three shifts,” said Riccio.

The school will work with its local employers including partners FW Webb Company, Cranney Home Services, the National Mechanical Service, Tremblay Heating, Kelley Automotive Group, Mini of Peabody, Lyon Waugh Auto Group, Groom Builder, Menino Construction, Bilo Plumbing & Heating and Breen Sullivan Mechanical Services on studying employment trends in the industry and matching jobs for current vacancies.

“The MassHire North Shore Workforce Board and Career Center are so grateful and proud to be working with Essex Tech on the CTI project,” said Mary Sarris, executive director of MassHire North Shore. “This education leads to jobs that are vital to our region’s economy and provides strong career opportunities to unemployed or underemployed locals.

“Essex Tech’s education is the best in the country. Partnering with MassHire’s career coaching and recruiting services ensures students success and quality talent for our companies.”

To enroll for the free CTI courses in Automotive, HVAC, or Construction, visit the Essex Tech NightHawks adult education program website here.

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(Scott Souza is a patch field editor for Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and Swampscott. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)